CareFusion has announced a distribution agreement with Minimally Invasive Devices, Inc. to sell and market their FloShield™ product line for laparoscopic surgeries. With this agreement, CareFusion is the exclusive external distributor for FloShield and will market and sell the products alongside its own line of V.
The California Department of Public Health fined three San Diego area hospitals for making mistakes that could cause “death or serious injury.&rdquo The implicated hospitals are Grossmont Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and UCSD Medical Center. According to the Union Tribune, Grossmont received a $50,000 fine for marking the wrong side of the head of a 93-year-old man who was undergoing brain surgery.
Medtronic recently announced that its Melody® Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption. It is the first transcatheter heart valve to receive FDA approval. Delivered through a catheter requiring only a small incision, the Melody valve will benefit children and adults who are born with a malformation of their pulmonary valve, which is the valve between the heart and lungs.
Men and women who've had limb amputations report similar levels of pain severity, but there are major gender differences in emotional health and pain-coping responses, states a recently published study in the January issue of the Journal of Pain. Pain due to a lost limb can be phantom limb pain or residual limb pain, which originates at the amputation site or stump.
PCOM's laparoscopic simulator was the focus of a story that aired on the Philadelphia ABC-affiliate, WPVI, on April 17th and 19th. Two first-year OB/GYN residents were shown practicing their skills with Saul Jeck, DO, professor and chair, OB/GYN and Brian Rudd, simulation specialist.
Dr. Kevin J. Stepp demonstrates how to easily insert the Gelpoint, a single incision laparoscopy port from Applied Medical through a 2 cm belly button incision.
Brielle Garrison, a baby recently born in Florida, suffers from anophthalmia, which is a disorder that results in the absence of ocular tissue. According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, who specializes in high-risk pregnancies and serves as consultant to the Fox TV station who reported on Brielle, “The condition can usually be diagnosed by ultrasound – around 18 weeks.
Lawrence Garfinkel, an epidemiologist with the American Cancer Society who helped design landmark studies that linked smoking to lung cancer, died last Thursday in Seattle. He was 88. The cause was cardiovascular disease, his son Martin said. Mr. Garfinkel became a leader in cancer epidemiology despite having no formal education in the field.
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects, affecting eight per 1,000 live births with one-third of affected children requiring intervention in early infancy. Increasing numbers of survivors, combined with developmental expectations for independence, behavioral self-regulation and academic achievement have led to a growing identification of neurobehavioral symptoms in some survivors.
The Mayo Clinic announced today that it raised $1.35 billion in its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, surpassing the goal of $1.25 billion. Though campaigns of this size typically take seven years to achieve, The Campaign for Mayo Clinic was a five-year initiative. Mayo embarked on this campaign to accelerate innovations in clinical practice, education and research that the organization believes could revolutionize medicine in the 21st century.
St. Vincent's Hospital, a major AIDS and trauma center, could be taken over by a powerful nonprofit New York hospital system and stripped of its surgical and inpatient units if its finances don't improve. However, “if St. Vincent is able to continue to meet its mission on its own, they have our full support,” Continuum Health Partners said in a statement Tuesday.
Last month Apple received a patent for a new 3D interface for manipulating objects on computer screens, Medgadget recently reported. As Houston Neal at the Medical Software Advice blog suggests, the new technology could be particularly useful for doctors working with clinical images. Basically, the 3D technology uses a computer camera to look at the movement of hands or head of the user to transform objects on the screen.
The 5mm AnchorPort® disposable trocar from Surgiquest is available in a Bladeless, Optical Tip configuration which accommodates a 5mm laparoscope within the clear tip obturator channel to provide surgeons with visualization during abdominal access. The AnchorPort® disposable cannulas are also available for use with the same disposable obturator during a surgical procedure on the same patient when multiple cannula applications is desired.